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The term "conservation" in "conservation organizations" is a broad one. The organizations listed run the gamut from local offices of federal agencies to private land trusts to for-profit businesses. They all have in common programs that are designed, in part or in whole, to help private landowners maintain their property. Activities are as diverse as helping to protect land, manage land, diversify operations, transition operations, restore ecosystems, and improve profitability.

Conservation professionals encompass an even broader range of expertise. These are people who may be employed by conservation organizations, or they may be business people or self-employed. They may have legal, wildlife, wetland, or land management expertise.

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David Nowak of the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station presents this video short course discussing how trees in cities provide important ecosystem services and help to reduce the urban heat island effect and lower building energy use.
 
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Luke Nave from the University of Michigan Biological Station presents this video short course on the fact that the largest terrestrial carbon pool is contained in soils. Carbon stored in soils plays a number of important roles, including keeping carbon out of the atmosphere and improving moisture and nutrient retention.

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Rebecca McCulley of the University of Kentucky, Dept. of Plant & Soil Sciences presents this video short course on Grasslands, which make up 30% of the U.S. land surface, store significant amounts of carbon belowground in roots and soils. Learn how disturbances such as drought, grazing, fire and tillage can significantly impact the grassland carbon balance.
 

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In this video short course you can get the scoop on forestland carbon storage in the United States, which helps offset approximately 12% of US carbon emissions from fossil fuels.

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Andrea Tuttle presents this video short course ont forest carbon markets and how these can be used to capture and hold carbon on the landscape.

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Wondering about carbon offsets, credits, baselines, permanence and leakage? Get the carbon basics here and find out why forest offsets could be a bridge to the future.

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New innovations in payments for watershed services (PWS) have emerged in the past decade and are pointing the way toward watershed protection approaches that might effectively complement existing government conservation programs and incentives for rural landowners. The purpose of this study was to survey these new or emerging PWS project models to understand their scale, characteristics, and future potential. To do so, we surveyed conservation professionals, experts, and others across the country to identify and characterize a range of PWS projects and programs in which municipalities, other local government entities, non-profit organizations, private companies, and individuals are buyers of ecosystem services.

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This report provides an overview of existing payment programs and markets, and discusses the concepts of bundling and stacking, offer policy recommendations, and provides examples of current efforts to more effectively integrate payment opportunities for landowners.

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The 80 million-plus Millennials in the United States represent the next generation of potential land trust supporters and advocates.

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The Gulf Partnership is committed to Strategic Conservation, the identification of the most important areas in a region for conservation, restoration and long-term management. This approach is in contrast to a scatter-shot approach - what some have called ‘random acts of conservation.’ We want every dollar spent on conservation to be used to create the most benefit. In October, 2014, the Gulf Partnership, in conjunction with The Nature Conservancy and The Conservation Fund, released ‘A Land Conservation Vision for the Gulf of Mexico Region’ which is a series of maps that identify high-value geographic areas for land conservation. These maps were created by the partner organizations and include:

  • Focus areas identified by the partners that reflect local community values
  • Wetlands
  • Migratory bird habitat
  • Scenic rivers
  • Longleaf pine habitat
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Groundwater conservation districts (GCDs) are being created in many parts of Texas to allow local citizens to manage and protect their groundwater. This publication answers frequently asked questions about groundwater and GCDs. 

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This publication is intended to provide basic information on conservation easements for landowners, community leaders, students and other interested individuals. It is not intended, and should not be used, to provide information to guide a particular conservation easement transaction or to substitute for the legal, financial and/or property appraisal planning or assistance that is needed for such transactions

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BMPs for agricultural water users are combinations of site-specific management, educational, and physical practices that have proven to be effective and are economical for conserving water. BMPs have been developed which focus on increasing the water use efficiency of water users such as producers of agricultural crops and of water suppliers such as irrigation districts. BMPs have been developed which focus on conserving rainwater, such as land owners  managing and controlling brush species. BMPs provide a means of measuring the success of agricultural water conservation programs, their costs, and schedules of implementation. Good agricultural water conservation practices can provide benefits to wildlife resources.

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What’s a quail worth? The short answer — as it relates to a wild Texas quail — is $253 each, according to a recently completed survey of Texas quail hunters.

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Conservation buffers such as filter strips, riparian buffers, grassed waterways, and field borders are especially applicable to southeastern landscapes and have multiple environmental benefits while serving to significantly improve wildlife habitats.

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Summary Findings

  • The Habitat Buffers for Upland Birds practice (CP33) is the first Federal conservation practice to target species-specific population recovery goals of a national wildlife conservation initiative (the Northern Bobwhite Conservation Initiative).
  • Over 14 states, breeding bobwhite densities were 70 to 75 percent greater around CP33 buffered fields than around unbuffered crop fields.
  • Fall bobwhite covey densities were 50 to 110 percent greater around CP33 fields than around unbuffered crop fields, and this positive response to CP33 increased each subsequent year of the study.
  • Several upland songbirds (e.g., dickcissel, field sparrow) responded strongly to CP33 in the landscape.
  • Area-sensitive grassland birds (e.g.,grasshopper sparrow) exhibited little response to CP33 buffers.
  • These findings illustrate the wildlife value of field borders and other buffer practices implemented through EQIP, WHIP, and other conservation programs.
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The conservation provisions of the Farm Bill can produce more consistent positive wildlife habitat benefits when policy (program statutes, rules, practices, and practice standards) is developed in the context of explicit goals identified as part of large-scale conservation initiatives.

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The conservation objective in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley is to provide forested habitat capable of supporting sustainable populations of all forest dependent wildlife species. This report provides recommendations to improve and enhance management activities directed at providing habitat for priority wildlife species.

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For a landscape supporting healthy native bird populations across the LMVJV

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The National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative (NBCI) is the unified range-wide strategy of 25 state wildlife agencies, with numerous conservation group and research institution partners, to achieve widespread restoration of native grassland habitats and huntable populations of wild quail.

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This publication provides technical guidance and practical information for wildlife management beyond planting and managing food plots. 

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The 50 acre Deer Park Prairie outside of Houston, land that has been untouched for thousands of years, is now set to be bulldozed to make room for subdivisions. That is, unless $4 million can be raised by midnight on August 20, 2013. Read More »


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This Farm and Dairy article explains how conservation is a journey for our country.

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Private land conservation initiatives are a critical component of any state-level quality of life agenda. Although concerns over sprawl, including the loss of prime agricultural lands and significant green space, continue to be one of the underlying rallying cries in support of state-level smart growth initiatives, the fact remains that with few exceptions, conservation of privately-owned working lands has not received significant attention in smart growth literature or conferences. Yet, land conservation and growth management are inextricably intertwined and policy initiatives must work in concert to be effective.

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This guide offers a path for local landowners to earn additional income while helping diminish adverse effects of global climate change through implementation of carbon sequestration and other stackable incentives. This document is a tool to help landowners make the decision whether or not to enroll their land in carbon sequestration. It discusses background information on carbon sequestration and global climate change; current methods of sequestration, including forestry, conservation planting, methane capture and others; and steps a land owner must take, including contracts, verification, and implementation, once they have made the decision to enroll their lands in a sequestration project.

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For those of you who don’t know, TDR stands for Transferable Development Rights. Simply put, these are typically programs that are designed by local government to allow for the free market transfer of subdivision or development rights from a rural (agricultural and/or conservation) zone to a designated development zone within a jurisdiction.  These rights are purchased by a land developer at market value from a landowner in a rural area where there are often more development rights than are allowed to be used by zoning in that area.  Referred to as a “Sending” zone, the rights are then legally separated from the farm or rural property in exchange for a land preservation easement.  The rights can be held for investment or transferred into a “Receiving” zone, which is a designated growth area for real estate development.  In these Receiving zones additional density is allowed to be added when the rights are acquired from the rural Sending zones.

Equally as important it can be a very effective tool for preserving farmland, conservation areas and even historic places. 
While not for every community, there are many that are ripe for such programs.  So, what are the common features and attributes of the most successful programs around the nation?

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“In wildness is the preservation of the world.” Quoted from an essay by Thoreau lamenting the way in which modern urban life has made natural resources into commodities and isolated people from the natural processes on which their lives depended. Move forward to 2006, “open space” or “green space” has nearly replaced ‘wilderness’ in our vocabulary with the rise in the development of the rural landscape. The US population is now over 300 million and more and more people are sprawling out from the urban areas into the country. This push outward is having a measurable effect on our open spaces. Farmland near cities has seen its value inflated by demand for conversion to non-farm uses. People are often willing to pay more than agricultural value in order to live in primarily rural areas. For example, in Iowa there are now more non-farmers living in rural areas than there are farmers. Read More »


Considering conservation buffers on your land?  The USDA has 250,000 or more buffer contracts with about 160,000 farms and ranches. They may be a good choice for your land and for the environment. They are also economically viable for most operations.

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A Prescribed Fire Association is a group of landowners and other concerned citizens that form a partnership to conduct prescribed burns. Prescribed burning is the key land management tool used to restore and maintain native plant communities to their former diversity and productivity for livestock production and wildlife habitat. Native prairies, shrublands, and forests supply the majority of livestock forage and much of the wildlife habitat in the U.S. Without fire, many native plant communities become dysfunctional and unproductive. Research has clearly shown that there is no substitute for fire. 

Many forest and grassland ecosystems are fire dependent and not burning is poor land management.  Why do not more people use prescribed fire to manage their land? First, fire was not part of the European culture that settled in post-Columbian America. Fire exclusion and fire suppression has been engrained in our society for years and popularized by the very successful Smokey the Bear ad campaign. The result has been a rapid decline in the quality of our natural resources, along with costing taxpayers millions of dollars each year to fight wildfires and the many other negative consequences of fuel build up. This article has been adapted from Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Association. Read More »


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For decades, conservation easements have protected open space values such as wildlife habitat, ecological diversity, recreational access and aesthetics. Working forest landscapes present an opportunity to protect not only these open space values, but also the economic and community benefits that arise from a forest’s production of goods and services.

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Many rural communities are facing challenges, including rapid growth at metropolitan edges, declining rural populations, and loss of working lands. This report focuses on smart growth strategies that can help guide growth in rural areas while protecting natural and working lands and preserving the rural character of existing communities. These strategies are based around three central goals: 1) support the rural landscape by creating an economic climate that enhances the viability of working lands and conserves natural lands; 2) help existing places to thrive by taking care of assets and investments such as downtowns, Main Streets, existing infrastructure, and places that the community values; and 3) create great new places by building vibrant, enduring neighborhoods and communities that people, especially young people, don’t want to leave.

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Clearly, the motivation for a land conservation transaction is often the desire of the landowner to safeguard the property. However, this objective must be balanced with the need to maximize the return to the landowner. The general perception is that the highest return will be realized from a sale to a developer. 
 
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Almost everyone in forestry has heard of land trusts since they have become a common fixture especially in areas that are rapidly urbanizing. But the unfortunate perception of many forest and farm owners is that land trusts are not to be trusted because their real purpose is to steal private property and pull lands out of production. Nothing could be further from the truth, but critics rely on false ‘private property’ threats to turn land owners away from land trusts even before owners understand how they work. A forest owner who knows how land trusts operate is more inclined to protect lands from development than owners who know little about this highly innovated to protect forest lands from development.

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This report describes the key findings of an analysis of the status and recent changes in ownership size, land  use and property values of private farms, ranches and forestlands in Texas. The goal of this work is to provide  public and private decision makers with the data they need to plan for the conservation of working rural lands  in Texas. Included in this report are four summaries describing results of technical analyses upon which many  of our conclusions are based. Our primary data sources were the Texas State Comptroller of Public Accounts  (who provided a 1992-2001 annual compilation of land use and land value data from 1,032 independent school  districts), and the U.S.D.A. Agricultural Statistics Service. We also obtained data from the U. S. Census Bureau,  U.S.D.A. Natural Resources Inventory, and the U. S. Department of Commerce/Bureau of Economic Analysis–Regional Economic Information System. We used Geographic Information Systems (GIS) base maps obtained from the Texas Natural Resources Information System (TNRIS). This work was made possible by grants to American Farmland Trust from the Meadows Foundation and Houston Endowment, Inc.

Our specific objectives were to:

  • Assess the current status and recent trends in rural land ownership size, land use and property values in Texas;
  • Determine relationships among land size, land use and property values;
  • Develop a map-based simulation model for projecting future trends in rural lands, and use this model to explore  the implications of initiating a Purchase of Development Rights program;
  • Encourage the development of policies for conserving productive rural lands and wildlife habitats in Texas; and
  • Provide public access to these data using a Web site with interactive mapping and custom data queries.
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It may come as a shock, but there is a sort of symbiotic relationship at work between property owners with conservation easements and the IRS. Hard to believe, I know. We understand that the IRS gives tax breaks for those who protect their property from certain development and use. In special circumstances, these landowners can find tax breaks that many others will not reach, similar to the nectar only available to the unique and capable hummingbirds.

The Landowner, Conservation Easements & the 2010 Roth Conversion. At the beginning of 2010, the $100,000 MAGI (Modified Adjusted Gross Income) limit on Roth IRA conversions was lifted. Individuals that were not able to convert an IRA to a Roth in previous years may now be eligible, and the subject is getting quite a bit of news.

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Populations of Lesser Prairie-Chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus; LEPC) have declined by more than 90%. The main factors precipitating this decline have been the conversion of sand-sage and mixed-grass prairie to agriculture, juniper encroachment,  excessive cattle grazing, and fossil-fuel and suburban development. Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) fields contribute greatly to the remaining habitat of the LEPC; however, approximately three million acres of CRP within the current LEPC distribution will soon expire, and potentially be re-converted to cropland.

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The mission of Western Grassland Initiative is to serve as the primary contributor to the implementation of conservation and management actions, through partnerships and cooperative efforts, resulting in improved species status, grassland habitats, and recreational opportunities for grassland dependent species across North America.

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The overall distribution of the lesser prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus) has declined an estimated 92 percent since settlement by people of European descent and an estimated 78 percent since the early 1960s. Concurrent with this decrease in occupied range, numbers of lesser prairie-chickens have declined at least 90 percent since European settlement, resulting in smaller, more isolated populations. As a consequence of these declines, the lesser prairie-chicken is a candidate for federal listing as a threatened or endangered species.

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Take a quick quiz and test your knowledge on conservation easements and learn if they can work for you.
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Certain individuals who own land with significant conservation value, for example landowners of wildlife habitat or open space, can preserve the character of their land, obtain additional property, and defer taxes on the transaction, all at the same time.

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Land trusts across the country are preserving agricultural lands to support local food systems. 

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This publication is intended to provide basic information on conservation easements for landowners, community leaders, students and other interested individuals. It is not intended, and should not be used, to provide information to guide a particular conservation easement transaction or to substitute for the legal, financial and/or property appraisal planning or assistance that is needed for such transactions

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Almost everyone in forestry has heard of land trusts since they have become a common fixture especially in areas that are rapidly urbanizing. But the unfortunate perception of many forest and farm owners is that land trusts are not to be trusted because their real purpose is to steal private property and pull lands out of production. Nothing could be further from the truth, but critics rely on false ‘private property’ threats to turn land owners away from land trusts even before owners understand how they work. A forest owner who knows how land trusts operate is more inclined to protect lands from development than owners who know little about this highly innovated to protect forest lands from development.

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Take a quick quiz and test your knowledge on conservation easements and learn if they can work for you.
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Certain individuals who own land with significant conservation value, for example landowners of wildlife habitat or open space, can preserve the character of their land, obtain additional property, and defer taxes on the transaction, all at the same time.

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Conservation Easements for Estate Planning  KBTX

About ten years ago, leaders from three statewide agriculture and landowner organizations who were concerned that Texas is losing its agricultural lands at a ...



Give a gift from the Texas General Land Office that saves Texas history  Chron.com

Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush is encouraging Texans to give the gift of Texas history from the Texas General Land Office archives. Historic map ...



Rancher leaves behind legacy: Frank Yturria praised for his conservation work  Brownsville Herald

A leading light of conservation in South Texas has been extinguished with the passing of rancher and philanthropist Frank Yturria, who died at a Houston ...



63 illegal immigrants nabbed near Texas-Mexico border  Washington Examiner

Federal law enforcement agents arrested a group of 63 people Thursday, including 52 young men, who allegedly illegally crossed from Mexico into Texas, ...



Emma Willemin wins Texas Conservation Awards Program poster contest  Victoria Advocate

Emma Willemin, of Inez, representing the Victoria Soil and Water Conservation District, was chosen as this year's State Winner of the Texas Conservation ...



Water law - Part 1  Huntsville Item

Editor's Note: The information in this column is not intended as legal advice but to provide a general understanding of the law. Any readers with a legal problem, ...



South Texas Butterfly Sanctuary Threatened By Trump's Border Wall  NPR

Construction on the first new stretch of border wall under the Trump administration is slated to begin this winter. In South Texas, the wall will cut right through a ...



Texas Water Resources Institute to host watershed plan training  AgriLife Today

Contact: Nathan Glavy, 979-458-5915, nathan.glavy@ag.tamu.edu. COLLEGE STATION – The Texas Water Resources Institute, or TWRI, will host an ...



Drilling overwhelms agency protecting America’s lands  The Texas Tribune

The Bureau of Land Management is making it easier to produce oil and gas on federal acreage. In southeastern New Mexico, it can't even keep up with what's ...



Texas oil company to pay $3.2 million for trespass on New Mexico State Trust land  Carlsbad Current-Argus

A Texas-based oil and gas company agreed to pay $3.2 million to the New Mexico State Land Office for trespassing on State Trust land. Salt Creek Midstream, of ...



$11 Million for Conservation Projects  KVEO-TV

Congressman Filemon Vela announced two grant awards for South Texas conservation projects totaling $11 million. The funds were allocated from the National ...



Making the connection: Watersheds and our water supplies  TribTalk

The heavy rainfall and subsequent flooding Central Texas faced a few weeks ago broke records and serve as an important reminder about the connection ...



The Richest People In Texas, 2018  Forbes

By Chris Helman, Linh Nguyen and the Forbes Wealth Team. Patron tequila tycoon John Paul DeJoria and wife Eloise at Hearst Castle.Patrick McMullan via ...



Day 2 of symposium touches on issues facing rural Texans  Bryan-College Station Eagle

More than 200 officials, agriculture stakeholders and residents from across the state gathered in the Century Ballroom of the Doug Pitcock '49 Texas A&M Hotel ...



Feds unveil draft coastal protection plan  Port isabel south padre

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com. During a public meeting held in Port Isabel last week, the U.S. Army Corps ...



Coastal Protection and Restoration Study released by GLO, COE  Rockport Pilot

AUSTIN – A Plan to reduce risks and increase resilience of the Texas coast moves forward with selected options. The Texas General Land Office (GLO) and the ...



Butterfly Sanctuary Says Trump's Border Wall Will Plow Through Crucial Habitat  HuffPost

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a case this week that challenged the wall on environmental grounds.



Golden eagles keep riding the current; numbers strong during annual survey  Helena Independent Record

With a wingspan of 7 feet or more, golden eagles are one of the most iconic birds in North America, and for four years, a mountain pass in the Big.



Koenig honored by Texas Farm Bureau at its convention  Alice Echo News-Journal

Lindsey Koenig was named a district Pioneer of Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) for his *service* to the Jim Wells County Farm Bureau and TFB. The award was ...



Trump admin moves to cut sage grouse protections, opening lands for oil drilling  CNN

Washington (CNN) The Trump administration moved to amend Obama-era protections on the habitat of the sage grouse bird, potentially opening up vast areas ...



Court fines Texas-based oilfield waste disposal company  Houston Chronicle

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico regulators announced a $2.2 million fine Wednesday against a Texas-based oilfield driller and waste disposal company, ...



NFWF and ConocoPhillips Announce $660,000 in Grants from the ConocoPhillips SPIRIT of Conservation Program  GlobeNewswire

Grants support eight projects focused on improving habitat quality and connectivity for migratory wildlife.



Experts raise concerns about Texas Ike Dike proposal  Miami Herald

Rice University researchers are raising concerns about the Army Corps of Engineers and the Texas General Land Office's $31 billion proposal to protect the ...



With EPA acceptance, San Marcos Watershed Protection Plan moves forward  Community Impact Newspaper

Nov 20, 2018: Every two years, as a condition of the federal Clean Water Act, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality releases a report on water quality ...



Researchers Raise Concerns About Texas Coastal Barrier Plan  Insurance Journal

Rice University researchers are concerned about the Army Corps of Engineers and the Texas General Land Office's preferred $31 billion proposal to protect.



Surge of oil and gas flowing to Texas coastline triggers building boom, tensions  The Texas Tribune

For Texas ports, the rise in oil and gas exports is a windfall. For some communities, it's not so simple. by Jamie Smith Hopkins, Center for Public Integrity and ...



Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences banquet awards seven alumni for outstanding achievements  AgriLife Today

Media Contact: Laura Muntean, 979-847-9211, laura.muntean@ag.tamu.edu. COLLEGE STATION – Three Outstanding Early Career Alumni awards and four ...



Holiday Bowl's selection process made the Utes agonize until the very end  Salt Lake Tribune

Utah athletic director Mark Harlan stood on the Levi's Stadium sideline during the Pac-12 football championship game, with several thousand Ute fans behind ...



Review: A family feuds over South Texas ranch  Houston Chronicle

Hugh Fitzsimons' memoir “A Rock Between Two Rivers” chronicles how fracking disrupted a way of life on a family ranch.



Idaho regulators agree to settlement with Texas oil company  Houston Chronicle

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A Texas oil company has agreed to pay $4000 for not complying with Idaho rules, state oil and gas regulators said. The state Oil and Gas ...



As border wall goes up in Texas, some local landowners put up a fight, others welcome it  Fox News

Federal authorities have awarded two contracts to build additional border walls in the Rio Grande Valley. Landowners in the area have mixed reactions to the ...



New National Park System Advisory Board To Meet Wednesday  National Parks Traveler

A diverse range of members appointed to the National Park System Advisory Board will gather for their first meeting on Wednesday in Washington, D.C., ...



Missouri City expands surface water reuse program; second phase aims to double the amount of water treated  Community Impact Newspaper

Dec 3, 2018: *Editor's Note: This story was updated to include correct information about where Fort Bend County receives its drinking water. Drinking water in ...



Decision results in shake-up on New Mexico oil and gas panel  Fort Worth Star Telegram

A shake-up has resulted from a recent decision by New Mexico oil and gas regulators to ease restrictions on well locations for a Texas-based company ...



Harris County faces challenge, opportunity managing $2.5B flood bond program  Houston Chronicle

For nearly two decades, the Harris County Flood Control District has plodded along with an annual budget of roughly $120 million, split between operations, ...



Caregivers for detained migrant teens lack complete background checks  The Columbian

Nearly every adult working with children in the U.S. — from nannies to teachers to coaches — has undergone state screenings to ensure they have no proven ...



Four Big Plans Aim To Make Austin More Affordable. Here's What They Would Do.  KUT

The bureaucratic stars over City Hall may just align in 2019. Next year, the city will weigh four ambitious plans that aim to achieve the long-sought goal.



Exploring the Ecosystem of the US–Mexico Border  Scientific American

The wetlands are springing back to life in the Colorado River delta located mostly in Mexico just at the border with the United States. The endangered Yuma ...



Innovative tool will let landowners easily report wild pig activity, damage  AgriLife Today

Writer: Paul Schattenberg, 210-859-5752, paschattenberg@ag.tamu.edu. Contact: Dr. Jim Cathey, 979-458-2565, james.cathey@ag.tamu.edu. COLLEGE ...



Coal for Christmas at the U.N. Climate Conference  The New Yorker

As negotiators from around the world gathered in Poland to discuss how to lower carbon emissions, the Trump Administration unveiled two schemes promoting ...



In North, East Lubbock citizens hope answers to health concerns go beyond Plan Lubbock 2040  LubbockOnline.com

Headaches, coughing, asthma attacks and nausea — all symptoms some Lubbock citizens told city leaders they experience because of where they live.Or better ...



Trump administration swaps academics for business executives on National Park Service advisory panel  The Washington Post

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has resurrected a federally chartered board that advises the National Park *Service* with his own appointees, nearly a year after ...



Mizzou lands Clemson QB transfer Kelly Bryant  St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Bryant, 16-2 as Clemson's starter, picks Tigers over Auburn, Arkansas and more than 20 suitors.



This Cross-Border Town Has Faced Toxic Pollution for Years. Now Its Residents Are Fighting Back.  Mother Jones

This story was originally published by High Country News and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Last September, Paloma Aguirre spent ...



In Southwest Texas, the Fracking Industry Encroaches on Small Towns, Remote Wilderness, and Clear Skies  DeSmog

Sue and James Franklin run a rock and mineral shop in Balmorhea, Texas, a small picturesque town known for hosting the world's largest spring-fed swimming ...



Helium shortage impacts local businesses, researchers  KXAN.com

AUSTIN (KXAN) -- A nationwide helium shortage is deflating local businesses and researchers that rely on the gas as tanks become harder and more expensive ...



President Bush and the tricky politics of death  LA Daily News

They came to praise and bury Caesar. Well, not exactly Caesar, but for a few years, like Caesar, the most powerful man in the world. George Herbert Walker ...



Prosecutors to seek the death penalty for Border Patrol agent accused of killing four women  The Mercury News

By Alex Horton and Eli Rosenberg | The Washington Post. Prosecutors in Texas said that they would seek the death penalty for a U.S. Border Patrol agent ...



WHITE HOUSE: Trump ignored his notes to talk about the environment  E&E News

President Trump during a contentious press conference last week improvised his lines about the environment and how it could be an important area for ...



Rising seas threaten historic lighthouses  The Durango Herald

Volunteers hold a “Save The Lighthouse” rally Nov. 10 near the East Point Lighthouse in Maurice River Township, N.J. With even a moderate-term fix likely to ...



Barry Sanders’ 1988 Heisman: 44 reasons it’s the greatest ever  SB Nation

In 1988, Barry Sanders set a new and enduring standard for what a football player could do. He wasn't just great in the way that all Heisman Trophy winners are ...



Ike Dike concept raises more questions than it answers for environmentalists and Rice University  Houston Chronicle

A group of Rice University professors are among a handful political, engineering and environmental experts who plan to raise significant questions about the Ike ...



Patrick Walsh, who led development of Plan Houston, city bike plan, succumbs to cancer  Houston Chronicle

Patrick Walsh, who served as director of the city of Houston's Planning and Development Department since November 2013, died Friday at age 45. Walsh was ...



Low-Impact Development Workshop set for Nov. 27 in Seguin  AgriLife Today

Contact: Ward Ling, 979-845-6980, wling@tamu.edu. SEGUIN — The Geronimo and Alligator Creeks Watershed Partnership will host a Low-Impact ...



Rising Sea Levels Threatening Historic Lighthouses  Voice of America

The threat of rising sea levels and erosion have many people worried about the future of lighthouses in the United States and around the world.



Federal judge blocks Trump's asylum ban for migrants who enter illegally from Mexico  The Texas Tribune

The temporary restraining order halts President Donald Trump's effort to automatically deny asylum to migrants who cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally.



We Hear You: How to ‘Wield the Most Effective Weapon Against Tyranny’  Daily Signal

Editor's note: We begin selections from the mailbag this week with a letter that gets at why The Daily Signal exists. See for yourself. Be sure to write us at ...



10 things you need to know today: December 7, 2018  The Week Magazine

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team is due to reveal new details on its Russia investigation with the filing of two important documents on Friday: a sentencing ...



The importance of pollinators to soil and water conservation in Texas  Southwest Farm Press

Pollinators include the birds and the bees (butterflies, bats, beetles, moths, and even small mammals) and are vital for production agriculture.



Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board announces 2018 Conservation Award winners  Southwest Farm Press

The purpose of the program is to acknowledge, recognize, and honor individuals that dedicate their time and efforts to the conservation of natural resources.



Daily on Energy, presented by GAIN: OPEC reaches deal to cut oil production, defying Trump requests  Washington Examiner

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Endangered red wolves make new home at WNC Nature Center in Asheville  Asheville Citizen-Times

ASHEVILLE – A pair of red wolves, a species so endangered they are considered “scientifically extinct,” have found a home at the WNC Nature Center.



Trump's Border Policy Is Creating Chaos  Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

On the Gateway to the Americas International Bridge on November 14, U.S. President Donald Trump's new asylum policy had already begun to take effect.



Army Corps of Engineers says its storm modeling for 'Ike Dike' proposal was up to date  Houston Chronicle

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers disputes the contention made by Rice researchers that the Corps used out-of-date storm and modeling information in its Ike ...



Borderland Rebellion: One Texas Naturalist Takes Conservation Into His Own Hands - The Crux  Discover Magazine

From climate change to a border wall, the scrubland plants in South Texas face myriad threats. This self-taught naturalist is taking matters into his own hands.



A toxic dumping ground festers on the border  The Desert Sun

Heaps of old cars, junk and industrial waste leave a hazardous legacy near the U.S.-Mexico border. Mexicali's dump sites pose a serious health threat.



The Real Reason California Homeowners Struggle to Rebuild After Fires  The Weekly Standard

In most parts of the United States the holiday season brings snow, mistletoe, and mulled wine at office parties. But out here in California it's often the season of ...



Analysis | The Daily 202: This week foreshadows the continuing escalation of the voting wars  Washington Post

Heated fights in N.C., N.H., Mich. and Wis. show the administration of elections is becoming more politicized.



The Feds Are Helping Tribes in a Fight for Sovereignty and Native Children  Splinter

The federal government is actually doing something worthwhile in Indian Country. On Monday, it was reported that the Department of Justice had joined four ...



Trump Jr. Invested in a Hydroponic Lettuce Company Whose…  ProPublica

The president's eldest son last year became the most prominent shareholder in an indoor-lettuce farm while the company's co-chairman, a friend of Donald…



El Paso is on the Cutting Edge of Water Conservation. It Really Has No Choice.  The Texas Observer

Faced with a water crisis, El Paso joined with Ciudad Juárez to cut water use and save their shared aquifers.



Some Texas ranches tout hunting exotic animals as a way to support conservation  ABC News

A sprawling, high-fenced, 18000-acre preserve is home to over 60 different species of majestic animals, including giraffes, Cape buffalos and gemsbok.



Farm Bill will impact Texas’ post-Harvey conservation efforts [Opinion]  Houston Chronicle

As Gus McCrae wisely quipped in “Lonesome Dove”: “Yesterday's gone, we can't get it back.” The Farm Bill of yesterday — or four years ago, to be clear — is ...



CAMPAIGN 2018: How Trump helped Beto O'Rourke score conservation win  E&E News

Texas Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke has become a political rock star in opposing President Trump and trying to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz (R). He also has a ...



Powderhorn Ranch becomes wildlife management area | Calhoun  Victoria Advocate

More than 15000 acres of the Powderhorn Ranch along the Texas coast in Calhoun County, prime unspoiled coastal prairie, is now a state wildlife management ...



Farm bill should provide conservation tools  Delta Farm Press

Our country's rural lands are disappearing. The United States loses 175 acres of farm and ranch lands every hour to development[1], and once those lands are ...



How a Conservation Funder Protects One of the World's Last Great Wildernesses  Inside Philanthropy

The Alaska Conservation Foundation is more than just a local grantmaker. It's also bringing together multiple stakeholders to protect a vast and wild ecosystem ...



Major additions in the works for Texas’ public lands  Chron

A pair of land transactions in opposite corners of Texas promise to expand the amount of public lands and public hunting, along with fishing and other outdoor ...



In a New Era, a Conservation Giant Looks to Communities, Equity and Local Progress  Inside Philanthropy

In part because the Trump administration has taken a shredder to land protections, approaches to conservation in the United States are changing. The Hewlett ...



Amid immigration debate, feds moving ahead with land seizures for South Texas border wall  Texas Tribune

At a briefing in McAllen earlier this week, U.S. Customs and Border Protection told a group of South Texas officials the federal government plans to move forward ...



Threat To Public Lands Conservation Program May Lie In Its Obscurity  Wyoming Public Media

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) may be the most successful, and little-known, conservation program. That obscurity could contribute to it'



Army Corps, Texas officials propose sweeping hurricane protection plan  The Texas Tribune

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Texas General Land Office have recommended a plan to shore up the Houston area and other parts of the Texas ...



How a Mix of Funders Helped Unlock Millions for Climate-Conscious Conservation in the South  Inside Philanthropy

The Southern Cumberland Plateau is a biodiversity hotspot in the South that's uniquely suited to support species in a changing climate. We dig into a successful ...



Houston Zoo’s new black bear exhibit promotes conservation, awareness  Houston Chronicle

Two North American black bears get a new 6000 square foot exhibit space at the Houston Zoo as officials urge the public not to shoot or feed bears they see in ...



Has Hunting Become a Rich Man’s Game?  Texas Monthly

When Andrew Sansom was named executive director of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in 1990, he boldly took on the challenge of uniting ...



Faced with failure, state to propose new plan to protect West Texas lizard  Texas Tribune

The state comptroller's office went back to the drawing board after the failure of a 6-year-old plan to protect the dunes sagebrush lizard that relied on voluntary ...



Families invited to learn about conservation  Chron

Families will all levels of experience are invited to learn more about hunting and conserving natural resources at Kids Wildlife Conservation Day on Saturday, ...



This is our land? Not if politics kills fund to protect national parks [Editorial]  Houston Chronicle

It pays for national parks, it costs taxpayers next to nothing, but still, the Land and Water Conservation Fund is in trouble.



Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute supporting statewide pollinator initiative  AgriLife Today

Writer: Paul Schattenberg, 210-859-5752, paschattenberg@ag.tamu.edu. Contact: Dr. Jim Cathey, 979-458-2565, james.cathey@ag.tamu.edu. COLLEGE ...



George P. Bush wins re-election as Texas Land Commissioner  Houston Chronicle

AUSTIN — Republican George P. Bush defeated Democratic challenger Miguel Suazo on Tuesday to win his second term as Texas Land Commissioner, ...



Windmill Country: Big Country residents win soil, conservation awards  ReporterNews.com

Boyd Brooks and Randall Bankhead, both of Nolan County, named Conservation Rancher, Conservation Farmer of the year.



The Nature Conservancy  The Nature Conservancy

The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Our vision is a world where the diversity of life thrives, ...



Army Corps set to propose hurricane protection plan for Houston  The Texas Tribune

For years, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has studied how best to protect Houston from deadly hurricane storm surge. It will announce which one it thinks is ...



Judge sides with environmentalists in land conservation funds  WJXT News4JAX

Striking a blow to the Legislature, a Tallahassee circuit judge said state lawmakers failed to comply with a voter-approved constitutional amendment to buy and ...



Landowners partner with government for conservation success  Feedstuffs

Mississippi farmer Mike McCormick shared with Congress several examples of how private landowners partner effectively with state agencies to recover and ...



Wilco Celebrates 10 Years of Habitat Conservation Plan  Spectrum News

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas — Williamson County is celebrating 10 years of its Regional Habitat Conservation Plan. The county created the plan in 2008 and ...



New Mexico official says Texas landowners are “stealing” millions of gallons of water and selling it back for fracking  The Texas Tribune

Water restrictions in New Mexico have created a supply crunch for the fracking industry, so more free-flowing Texas water is helping to fill the void. But not ...



Report: Region's conservation funding could drop  AG Week

If the U.S. House version of the next farm bill is approved, the Upper Midwest would suffer nation-leading losses in federal funding for working lands ...



Bigger isn't always better for agriculture  Southwest Farm Press

It's been said, everything's bigger in Texas. But the urbanization that is exploding in one of Texas' fastest growing counties, proves bigger isn't always better, ...



Texas Files New Conservation Plan for Rare Lizard  Courthouse News Service

AUSTIN, Texas (CN) – Texas' chief tax collector released an updated conservation plan this week that it hopes will help better protect the rare dunes sagebrush ...


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